Terps shoot 26 percent in 62-42 loss to Alabama

Maryland shot the ball so poorly on Thursday night, it hardly

mattered that No. 16 Alabama’s leading scorer was essentially a


JaMychal Green went to the bench early in the game with two

quick fouls and Tony Mitchell stepped up with 15 of his 17 points

in the first half to lead the Crimson Tide to a 62-42 win over

Maryland in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

Mitchell was 7 of 12 from the field, including 3 for 4 from

3-point range, and Trevor Releford scored 10 points for the Tide

(3-0), who grabbed a double-digit lead early in the first half that

they would not relinquish.

”My mindset was to go out and get my team a win, anything I can

do to win,” Mitchell said.

Alabama cruised despite Green’s foul trouble.

”We are a better team with JaMychal on the floor, but Tony gave

us a great performance throughout the game,” Alabama coach Anthony

Grant said. ”I thought everyone had their minds focused on the

game tonight.”

Green, who scored 18 points in each of Alabama’s first two

games, was hardly needed against a cold-shooting Maryland squad

that went 13 for 49 from the field (26.5 percent). The Terps (1-1)

hit just two of their 12 attempts from 3-point range.

”We were a train wreck falling off a cliff in the first half,”

said first-year Maryland coach Mark Turgeon.

Green, a senior forward, was 2 for 8 for seven points in 12

minutes for the Tide.

Both teams said Alabama’s tough defense and physical play were

the keys to the game.

”Our defensive effort really told the story,” Alabama coach

Anthony Grant said. ”I’m proud of our guys. We came out with great

focus. Our defense throughout the whole game was outstanding.”

James Padgett scored nine points and Ashton Pankey had 10

rebounds for Maryland, which was outrebounded 47-29.

”They are such a great defensive team. You could see it,”

Panky said.

Maryland was the first major conference opponent for Alabama,

which opened the season with a pair of home victories over North

Florida and Oakland, Mich. The Tide narrowly missed reaching the

NCAA tournament last season and lost to Wichita State in the final

of the NIT.

Turgeon, who was lured away from Texas A&M to replace the

retired Gary Williams, saw room for improvement across the


”We missed a lot of shots,” he said. ”Rebounding was

disappointing and they jumped a little higher and stronger.”

The Puerto Rico Tip-Off runs through Sunday. Alabama will face

the winner of the Wichita State-Colorado game in the second round,

while Maryland takes on the loser of that game. The other schools

in the field are Temple, Western Michigan, Purdue and Iona.